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LINGUIST List 16.2806

Thu Sep 29 2005

Disc: Re: Phonology, Mysterious /s/

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        1.    Dinha T. Gorgis, Re: 16-2712, Phonology, Mysterious /s/

Message 1: Re: 16-2712, Phonology, Mysterious /s/
Date: 26-Sep-2005
From: Dinha T. Gorgis <gorgis_3yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: 16-2712, Phonology, Mysterious /s/

[Re: LINGUIST 16.2712, Phonology: Mysterious /s/

Dear researcher,

Standard Arabic prohibits both s+C and V+s+C. Not only this, but it prohibits
consonant cluster formation save at word-final position in case the speaker
wishes to pause whereby only a CC is allowed. And this expains the failure of
Arabs learning English to produce CCC and CCCC clusters at all word-positions.

Assyrian, as spoken today, permits s+C (whether voiced or voiceless), though
genetically related, e.g. /spa:y/ 'good or well'(with noticeable loss of
aspiration, like English); /smo:qa/ 'red' (with a devoiced m). I believe it is a
matter of habit formation; never biological and never universal!

Prof. Dinha T. Gorgis
Hashemite University,

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Genetic Classification
Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories

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